Feb 21, 2013 4:00pm EST
's new concerted effort to make president obama withdraw the nomination of chuck hagel to be the next defense secretary. 15 republican senators signed a letter arguing it would be, quote, unprecedented, unprecedented for a secretary of defense to take office without a broad base of bipartisan support. let's bring in dana bash. she's working this story for us. the critics of chuck hagel, and there are many, they are not giving up? >> they are not. and that's really what this is about. this is about hagel's harshest critics to say that they are not happy. it's a big deal. they are saying, mr. president, please withdraw it. if you look at these faces, they are the most conservative members of the senate so it isn't surprising that they would be this aggressive on what has really become a partisan issue and they know what that what has happened in this recess -- the senate is in recession -- is that some of their fellow republicans have come out and said, we will allow this to go forward. so they know it's not technically going to be possible for them to stop it but the votes, they though
Feb 21, 2013 5:00pm EST
biofuel drones to a green fleet, i expect similar policies to continue from chuck hagel when he is confirmed hopefully next week. for these reasons, i have been a long supporter of renewable fuels. i encourage the development of an industry that is important to our national security and does well as to our economy. whether we are talking food or water or energy security, in the future, more crops in the field can mean fewer soldiers in the field. at the same time, as important as the defense capabilities are , we need to rebalance toward the other three d's. we spend more on defense than on diplomacy, democracy, and development altogether. meanwhile, china has more than doubled its investments in developing new agricultural technologies. those of the kinds of farsighted policies that enable china emerge as a world power and which we need to get back to. as we shift our focus on resources toward a smarter and more constructive form of international interaction, it is radical that food security remain at the center of shaping -- it is critical that food security remain at the cent
Feb 21, 2013 6:00am PST
rights and trying to take down defense secretary nominee chuck hagel. >> have you been paid by a foreign government. >> it is unusual for a freshman to be this outspoken en a high profile issue. >> at the end of the day, i was elected to represent 26 million texans and to speak the truth. you know, i think a lot of americans are tired of politicians in washington in both parties who play games. >> reporter: the 42-year-old cuban american from texas, studied the principles and memorized the constitution as a teenager thanks to his father, a cuban refugee. he became splis ter general of texas, arguing for state rights and religious freedom before the u.s. supreme court. tea party activist bucked the gop establishment to help elect cruz. >> he's the total package. he's a great messenger for ideas, a true believer and a guy you never have to wonder about how he's going to vote. >> reporter: conservatives in texas may be ecstatic he's so aggressive so fast, but for some senior republican senators, not so much. what are guiding principles of the senate for a freshman senator is come in and be
Feb 21, 2013 10:00am EST
saying the senate minority has called on president obama to withdraw the nomination of chuck hagel as defense secretary, citing serious doubts about its basic competence to meet the substantial demands of the office. blake of the washington post is tweeting john mccain is not among them. chuck hagel has appeared gop senator on board for the confirmation, shelby of alabama. n sent a letter to the commander-in-chief asking for the withdrawal. tonight we are taking a look at the issue of school choice and the role that vouchers and charter schools play in education in this country. at 8:00, a presentation by an education researcher discussing the pros and cons of charter schools and whether vouchers make a difference in school quality. at 9:00 eastern we will be joined by an education reporter covering charter schools and vouchers. he will respond to your calls, tweets, and comments, tonight on c-span. washington journal this morning was all about the culture of guns in america. one of our guests talk about the challenges facing the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, and firearms, the atf.